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[wurk-muh n-lahyk] /ˈwɜrk mənˌlaɪk/
like or befitting a workman.
skillful; well executed:
a workmanlike piece of writing.
Also, workmanly.
Origin of workmanlike
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English werkmanlike. See workman, -like
Related forms
unworkmanlike, adjective
unworkmanly, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for workmanlike
  • Rather, there's no reason that workmanlike collaborative writing process necessarily entail lowest-common denominator fiction.
  • His press conferences are charming and workmanlike but rarely newsworthy.
  • All corners must be monumented in a permanent and workmanlike manner.
  • The cable shall be installed in a neat and workmanlike manner, free from any surface damage.
  • Conduct construction operations in a skillful and workmanlike manner.
  • Ensure that the completed job presents a workmanlike appearance.
  • All apparatus covered by this specification shall be constructed in a thorough and workmanlike manner.
  • The work shall be done in a workmanlike manner so as to salvage all useable sections.
  • All work shall be done in a workmanlike manner with care taken not to disturb the surrounding area and existing fence to remain.
  • All welds shall have no visual cracks nor be defective in any way and shall be formed in a neat and workmanlike manner.
British Dictionary definitions for workmanlike


appropriate to or befitting a good workman
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Word Origin and History for workmanlike

"efficient, no-nonsense," 1739, from workman (see work (v.)) + -like.

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